The Best 8 Websites for Students

Being part of a generation that grew up with the internet is incredible. I feel very spoiled that the navigating the internet seems to be part of my DNA. Over the years I have found many websites, app, and plug-ins that have made it easier to organize my life. I wanted to share the 8 best websites for students – in my opinion. I use majority of these apps on a daily basis to make my school life a bit easier.

Before we get started if you couldn’t tell by the title of this list this school themed. I have other apps I use to organize my life outside of school- which I might make a full new post for in the future. So stay tuned for that. (ps. clicking the titles of the sections will bring you to the website in another browser) 

Google Scholar-

When writing a paper it can be easy to grab random links from Google without fact checking them, then base your paper off of those. Instead of doing that, type in Google Scholar and you will be taken to a search engine that is full of reputable articles and cases that you can access anytime. You can also read articles, build libraries, and set up alerts for the field you are interested in. Another great thing about Google Scholar is that they will list the cited work in the article that you are using, it’s a great way to be linked to other articles in the same subject that you are researching. As well as a great way to keep up on different studies that are happening in the field that you are interested in.

Prezi-

There is nothing worse than sitting through 10 of the exact same boring powerpoint presentations on the last few days of classes. Not only is this boring to your peers, but your profs most likely have seen the same theme 1000+ times. I was super skeptical about Prezi at first because it seemed so confusing. After watching 4 or 5 YouTube videos on Prezi I felt confident and was able to make a great animated presentation to bring to my term project. A nice trick that I have found with Prezi is the integration of YouTube clips, these clips can make it easy to cover up parts of your presentation that seem confusing with a few second video explaining what you are trying to explain. Honestly watch a few and you will see the extreme difference from Prezi vs. Powerpoint. Here are two links of Youtube Videos all about Prezi:

https://youtu.be/M0k3giXi8eM

https://youtu.be/8XCvSu7DD9M

Amazon Student Prime-

I am an Amazon junkie. I would buy everything online if I could, but I am also very impatient. I like to order something and receive it immediately. Last year someone told me all about Amazon prime, and it sounded great but I was not thrilled about paying so much for it. Anywho sometime went by, and I was ordering my textbooks from Amazon when I received an email asking if I wanted to try Amazon Student Prime. I decided to read more about and it seemed amazing→  You to get to do a six month trial of the service for free which is super rad. You get access to some cool things like Twitch Unlimited, Two-day shipping, Early access to their ‘Lightning Deals’, and Early access to a bunch of other items. I would recommend signing up, the week or month your semester starts, therefore you can use it for textbooks for that semester and the next semester. I just started my subscription, but I am keeping track of my orders and such to see if it is something that I will be interested in purchasing them for a year, or canceling when my free trial is done.

Snopes-

Snopes is a fact-checking website. If something seems too good to be true, or a bit fishy I turn to Snopes to debunk it first. This website has come in handy for a few papers that I have written over the years. Recently I was sitting through a sociology presentation and the guy had brought up a few different references, the two that stuck out to me was about ‘Children being poisoned by Halloween candy’ and ‘ baby on board signs being there for emergency personnel to make sure they find the infants’. I have heard of the Halloween candy thing, but while I was sitting through his boring powerpoint presentation I decided to look up exactly how many children had been poisoned in the last 10 years… try it out… You’ll be shocked… here’s the linkI now always check things on Snopes. ALWAYS. Snopes also recently changed their layout a bit, and man is it now the easiest website to use!!

 

SelfControl/ColdTurkey/Stay Focused

These apps allow you to create a “Black List” of websites which means it will block these websites for a set amount of time. It blocks them from any user, profile, and browser. I find this to be the most useful while I’m in class, in study sessions, and in the library. I am super easily distracted so I use this constantly.

SelfControl is only for iOs, Cold Turkey is for android, and Stay Focused is a Chrome extension. I would recommend going to the play store or app store and looking through the apps that are like these and see if one sticks out to you. I see a lot of different students using different control apps for one reason or another, so personal preference is key to this.

Quizlet-

I didn’t know about Quizlet for an embarrassing amount of time. It’s basically a website full of learning tools like flashcards, quizzes, lessons, diagrams etc. in like EVERY subject. All the content is user added (so checking some of the data with your textbook or notes is still a good idea) and some even added by profs. I find that Quizlet is great if there is a concept that you are just not understanding. You can go check out multiple users inputted data and find the concept explained in a way that you understand. I would recommend making a user ID just so you can save things and maybe upload your own notes if you have the time. A user ID also allows you to take the tests that are on there and track your progress on them.

The University of Reddit-

The University of Reddit is super new to me, but basically, it’s a subreddit where teachers and students can go to share knowledge. So basically you can sign up for a class and learn all about that subject. It doesn’t count for uni credits or anything- but there is an award system. You’re probably thinking WTF is that point of that, what a waste of my valuable time? Well, I was too, but after not getting into a class one semester I signed up for pretty much the same class through the University of Reddit, and followed along with the schedule and had a lot of fun learning about the subject. When it was time for me to enroll for the class at my uni the following year, I found the class a LOT more bearable because I knew a lot of the concepts and didn’t have to study as hard. Not to mention I got an A+ and was top mark in my class 😉  Even if you are not in that situation its great to sign up for one of these and just learn something new!!

 

Mint-

Mint is a budgeting app/website that I am again a bit new to. I have been using it for about 3 weeks and so far so good. It’s an easy way to track your spending and help you save. There are alerts that will let you know when you are close to hitting your spending limits, and also little notifications that will alert you about other ways to save. You can also pay bills through it- I have not set that up yet but seems cool. I think having some kind of budgeting while in school is crucial to success.

 

 

  • All of these websites are free to use –> you may have to create an account on some of them, but totally free to the user. hope you enjoyed this post and found at least one useful website, leave a comment if you have any websites that you rely on to get yours through university xo.

New Year, New me?

I am one of those people who is HUGE on resolutions when a New Year rolls around. I don’t like to just have one HUGE one though, I like to break my resolutions down into many aspects of my life. I would rather have a list of smaller resolutions to maintain than one big one which I am bound to fail at keeping. Each Year I make a list that has some resolutions that are devised from different aspects of my life. These are some past years:

2014:

2016: Drink more water, take better care of my heart, save at least $2000, moisturize, keep a dream journal, set a sleep schedule Mon-Friday

2017: Stop lying to myself about things no matter the size. Take better care of my teeth. Keep in better contact with my family, use my gym membership at least once a week. Try and save at least $3000. Don’t make any decisions while upset, sleep on it.


For 2018 I had a very quiet New Years. I rang it in on sleeping on the couch watching Netflix. I did, however, make a huge list of things that I wanted to accomplish in 2018 in different areas of my life so here it is :

Of course, these are just a guideline and I don’t expect I will achieve every single one of them. It is nice though having a fall backlist of things to improve and add to my daily to-do list. Making these resolutions is absolutely free. What are some of your resolutions? and How do you plan on achieving them this year? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

Xo.

Etsy Shop Now OPEN

As a New Years resolution this year I decided I wanted to reopen my Etsy Shop. I managed to get it reopened today, which is something I didn’t think was possible but apparently anything is possible when you wake up at 6:00 am and pour some Baileys in your coffee. As of right now, there are under 20 items in the store for sale all priced at $10 +shipping. I am hoping to get more up soon but I thought this was a good starting point. I know it the first day of being open again but I am hoping something sells today- so fingers crossed. I thought that I would include some of the items on here just in case you are super new and don’t follow me on social media yet 😉

Tidal Offerings

If you read the about me page on this site, you will know I run a small shop on Etsy called Tidal Offerings. Currently, I am selling beachy boho-inspired jewelry and hope to eventually expand to other areas like home decor and soap- all with the same beachy boho feel.

I have always been drawn to bodies of water and the effects that water has on rocks and other material. Thankfully I grew up on Vancouver Island and was always within walking distance to a beach. Over the years I have collected small rocks, stones, and sea glass. Not knowing what to do with my collection I decided to make it into unique pieces and share them with the world. I hope that these pieces can bring joy to your life, and bring you closer to nature.

Please go check out the site and see if there is anything that you are interested in. By buying from my shop you are directly helping my education as all the money from sales goes towards textbooks and tuition- How? well I started this jewelry business a few years ago and it did pretty well, I eventually sold the idea to a family friend to run on her own. She didn’t end up doing anything with it and found it to be too overwhelming, so she signed it back over to me. At this point I had everything needed ( rocks, stones, beach glass, domain names, tools, jewelry supplies) to last me a long time- so now all profits go directly towards my education.

I will be posting on here every time I do a mass listing of products onto my Etsy store and Facebook page. Please follow, like, and buy to support 🙂

Etsy Shop: TidalOfferings 
Facebook Page: Tidal Offerings
Instagram: @tidalofferings

My Thoughts on Wish

Disclaimer: These are my thoughts on wish, no one elses.

Lately, I have been seeing an abundance of posts on all different social media platforms about an app called Wish. Incase you don’t know what Wish is here is the rundown. Wish is a mobile e-commerce application based out of San Francisco.  They are currently the 6th largest e-commerce company in the world. According to the Google Play and iTunes descriptions:

Over 300 million people use Wish to get trending items for 50-80% cheaper than what you’d pay at your local mall. Join them and get the hottest products at incredible prices delivered directly to your door. Wish is the #1 shopping mall in Europe and North America, allowing you to browse a worldwide selection of trending fashion, accessories, and electronics directly at your fingertips.”

Basically, its an app and website marketplace where you can find millions of “trendy” items for extremely low prices. Items have shipping times over 3+ weeks and the quality is questionable. I am not a newb on this site. I have been a member since 2015 and ordered TONS of items.


Not until recently did I see the ads for Wish everywhere accompanied by Youtube Videos and Instagram post titled things like “ My $100 Wish Haul” and “ How I got Scammed by Wish”.  I couldn’t help but ask WTF is happening here and why I am seeing so many Wish things? So I did what any millennial would do I headed to Google and found out right quick what the dealio was. I found a ton of articles about how Wish has spent MILLIONS of dollars on advertising in the last year or so.  What was once my guilty online shopping pleasure is now a multimillion dollar company.

After reading a lot of articles and watching a LOT of YouTube videos I realised there are a lot of misconceptions about Wish out there and this is my opinion on them:

Read an article: People are shitting on this app/website about how “Obviously”  Wish is a huge sweatshop that clearly pays its employees crap?

Wish is a marketplace- just like Amazon. Vendors create accounts and sell their items on this site. Wish doesn’t produce items.  

YouTube: Shit quality Items- I was scammed.

You paid under $10 for an article of clothing- WHY are you complaining? Did you think that it was going to be runway ready?

YouTube: My items are not what they showed?

Ya, this pissed me off too, but I have learned though that if you swipe over the product images you can normally see uploaded photos from customers who have bought the item before you.

Read an article: Shipping is where they get you!!!

Ya shipping prices on this site suck balls, but remember it’s normally coming from China so to make up for the like $1 you paid for a normally $40 item they need to make up for it somewhere- I guess.

There are so many more comments I could agree and disagree with- SO MANY.

 I feel that Wish is such a good alternative for people who can’t afford to shop at high-end shops all the time.  I don’t have a problem spending my money on this platform at all. Another nice thing about Wish is they sell a large variety of items- I tried to order things from every category before posting this so I could really give a good review of the app/website. So now for my reviews!!

As said previously they sell a wide variety of items which they place in the following categories: Makeup & Beauty, Gadgets, Tops, Hobbies, Home Decor, Bottoms, Wallets & Bags, Baby & Kids, Watches, Sterling Silver Jewelry, Shoes, Underwear. (I only bought things that I know I would use so I skipped some categories)

 

Gadgets:

Dual Port Micro SD/SDXC TF To Compact Flash CF Type- works perfectly way 
3.5mm Flash for Phone- exactly as the photo showed, works great.
GoPro case- way smaller than I expected, does work and good material
Camera strap- awesome! Good material exactly like photos
Pop sockets- perfect. Weird note: they keep being taken off the site then put back on.

 

 

 

Makeup & Beauty

Halloween Pallet/ Facepaint- surprisingly awesome paint and good size.
Cream Contour Pallet- Perfect, exactly as shown

(** I use these all the time and have ordered them multiple times, sorry for the used ones I am waiting on new ones in the mail**)

 

 

Stationary :

HP Planner- way smaller than I expected, but still exactly as described.
Stickers- amazing, great selection and all good condition.

(** The Notebook has different photos printed on pages & The Stickers are always all different I have ordered these a couple different times to check and I have only received maybe 7 repeats which is INSANE**)

 

 

 

 

Tops:

Dresses- cheaper materials, not as shown, but still wearable.
Alice in Wonderland Shirt- bathing suit like stretchy material, rides up when wearing, at type home shirt
Batman Shirt-bathing suit like stretchy material rides up when wearing, at type home shirt

(** the dresses are not pictured only because I have lent them both to a friend for a wedding.**)

 

Bottoms-      

Batman Leggings- bathing suit like material
Alice in Wonderland Leggings- bathing suit like material
Batman Skirt- bathing suit like material a little thicker than the others

 

Jewelry( old category) :

Mad hatter necklace- shit metal martial, turns neck green. Great for one day wears.
World Watch with Airplane- cheap material, no battery.
Airplane bracelet- awesome love it. Wear all the time.

 

 

This website/app is definitely buyer beware. I recommend trying it out and giving it your own opinion since you can see based on my reviews items are very hit and miss. Just remember that shipping can be pretty pricey and items can take a LONG time to get to you. 

All items I mentioned in this review are linked here:
Flash
Go Pro Case
CF Adapter
Camer Strap 
Pop Sockets
Halloween Pallet
Cream Contour
Harry Potter Planner
Stickers

Dresses—> both the dresses I bought are no longer listed I will edit this post when I get them back and post photos.
Alice Shirt
Batman Shirt
Alice Leggings
Batman Leggings
Batman Skirt
Mad Hatter Necklace
Airplane Watch
Airplane Bracelet

 

xo.

My Thoughts on the Whimsify Subscription Box

Whimsify Subscription Box

What this box is:Whimsify is a monthly subscription box for readers who love young adult fantasy and sci-fi books. Each themed, monthly box includes a recently released young adult fantasy or sci-fi book, along with several bookish items!”

I am currently in the middle of figuring out if book related subscription boxes are a good idea for me as I purchase a lot of books and book-related items every month. Last month ( October) I got gifted the “Underdogs” themed Whimsify box, after a ton of reading of reviews online I was SUPER excited. They are a great company with great morals and amazing curated items ( that I saw from past boxes and Instagram photos). Looking at their “Past Boxes” section online I saw so many items per box that I was super interested in ( look at their March 2017- Beastly Box it looks INCREDIBLE)

 

The day my box came I was surprised with a $15 charge at the door. Weird-I thought, but not out of the norm if shipping was not included in the price at purchase- i’ll get to this again later.

 

Whats in the box: 
The theme card and product descriptions.  

Jane Eyre Bath Salts
Neville Soy Wax Candle
Stranger Things Bookmark
Losers Club pin
Small Lined Notebook
Printed Photo
Book- Nyxia

To me this was awesome I got things in the box I would for sure use and I was excited about the book as I had heard about it at my local bookstore.


Now comes the fun part, is this box worth my money? Like I said this box was a gift, but I got to see the receipt from it so it made this part pretty simple. To figure out if the box is worth my money I do what everyone does- I find the products online and then total up the prices and add in the shipping totals from each item to the cost. The breakdown looks like this:

 

Whimsify Box Price Actual Retail Price
Box $34.95 Items $56.19
Shipping $22.95 Shipping $4.50
Taxes $4.30 Taxes n/a
Other- charge at door $15.00 Other-   n/a
TOTAL $77.20 TOTAL $60.69

*Note 1-not all the websites showed international shipping… so this price could be higher*

** Note 2-  the bath salts and candle on their websites do not come in the smaller sizes so I used the price online and divided it by the size of the sample I got example: Bath Salts come in 16ox online at $18.45 so 18.45/4= $4.61)**

So going off the amount of $77.20 for the box+ shipping+ door fee this box is NOT worth my time. This might not be the case for you. Since I  live in B.C, Canada I knew that this boxes shipping would be expensive but at the cost of $37.95 ( 22.95+15.00) that is JUST under the price of the box including its taxes. As much as I liked all the items in the box I would not be recommending it to my fellow Canadians or would I be subscribing to this box in the future. I feel like this box is very overpriced for the amount that you are getting, in my opinion, if I am paying almost $80 I am expecting full items- not sample sized. As well as $80 to me also should get me a few more products.

 

*** Two other things to NOTE
1. I did NOT convert any of the American $ into Canadian, so technically this box is way more expensive.
2. On the postage border slip, they said the box was worth $44?***

xo.

Fall Reads

Fall Reads

I am one of the most active readers on the face of the planet! I love getting lost in a story that isn’t my own. Not that there is anything wrong with my own story, I just like turning off my brain to my own things, and diving into someone/something else for a bit. I will read pretty much any genre of book, I’m not too picky. Since it’s fall now, I tend to lean towards Crime/ Thriller/ Mystery novels from September- January. I have compiled a list of books I have read plus books I want to read.

Young Adult:


The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda 

 Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of suspicion, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in 17 years since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her — Kelsey.
Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescued by a volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage.
A few days later, she arrives home to find her mother missing. Now, to have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her. And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2x7bc7h
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2xQ2skW
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

 

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Two years ago, 15-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbour’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.
But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.
Because of more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell. Trust nothing and no one as you race toward the explosive conclusion of the gripping psychological thriller

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2fIpCDm
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2xQ4Qbt
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

Done Damage by Amanda Panitch

Twenty-two minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after. Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend. After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those 22 minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police. Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind. One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning… In this deliciously twisted contemporary thriller, a family can be a real killer. For fans of we are all liars and readers who love unique multiple perspectives that leave clues like breadcrumbs until they reach the stunning conclusion.

Buy on Amazon Here:  http://amzn.to/2xTZFrn
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x81TUY
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Eleven years ago, six kindergartners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to. Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re 16, and they are… fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max — the only one who hasn’t come back. Which leaves Max’s sister, Avery, wanting answers. She wants to find her brother — dead or alive — and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story. But as details of the disappearance begin to unfold, no one is prepared for the truth.This unforgettable novel — with its rich characters, high stakes, and plot twists — will leave readers breathless.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2xPZ1e0
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x7I8Na
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

 

Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy – this is one of my all-time fave books.


Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of town toward Berwick Waters. Later that day, only two of them came back. . . .
Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, though it’s still hard for her to believe it. She’ll never be able to forget, even though she’s trying to lead a normal life–she has a job, friends, and a boyfriend whom she adores. But Alice’s past is dangerous, and violent, and sad . . . and it’s about to rip her new life apart. A gripping and emotionally searing novel by accomplished British author Anne Cassidy, Looking for JJ infuses a terrifying subject with humanity and hope

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2x6SNre
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

ADULT

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2x7CPbB
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x7zwpS
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

 

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago

There was nothing surprising about men turning up dead in the Second City. Life was cheaper than a quart of illicit gin in the gangland capital of the world. But two murders that spring were special – worthy of celebration. So believed Maurine Watkins, a wanna-be playwright and a “girl reporter” for the Chicago Tribune, the city’s “hanging paper.” Newspaperwomen were supposed to write about clubs, cooking and clothes, but the intrepid Miss Watkins, a minister’s daughter from a small town, zeroed in on murderers instead. Looking for subjects to turn into a play, she would make “Stylish Belva” Gaertner and “Beautiful Beulah” Annan – both of whom had brazenly shot down their lovers – the talk of the town. Love-struck men sent flowers to the jail and newly emancipated women sent impassioned letters to the newspapers. Soon more than a dozen women preened and strutted on “Murderesses’ Row” as they awaited trial, desperate for the same attention that was being lavished on Maurine Watkins’s favourites.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2xShyXk
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2xU88KX
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

BirdBox byJosh Marlerman

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2x7vI37
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2fDEgsb
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.
Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2xQ3w8f
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

The Troop by Nick Cutter

Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. An inexplicable horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival that will pit the troop against the elements, the infected…and one another.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2fGK1J0
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x6TYqE
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law, but when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer–and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist.

Buy on Amazon Here: http://amzn.to/2xQ6olN
Kindle Here: http://amzn.to/2x7t41T
Sold at Coles, Barnes&Noble, Walmart, Independent Book Stores

As I said earlier, some of these books I have read and some are still on my reading list. Please comment below if you have read any or are excited to read some. Also comment any fall reads you are currently reading! I’m always looking for new books!

Xo.

 

October Movies

October Movie Lists

Fall is here, which means all the typical Halloween movies are going to start showing up on tv and Netflix. Theatres will also be packed with new release horror movies.  I toyed with the idea of doing a review a day of the horror movies of 2016-2017 but kiboshed that idea when remembered how much fun I had doing the horror-movie-a-day last October ( that list can be found here). I decided to put together a calendar of my fave cult classics, creepy thrillers

    

1.House of 1000 Corpses 2. Poltergeist 3.The Babadook 4.Hellraiser 5.Rosemary’s Baby 6.Children of the Corn 7.The Fly 8.The Silence of the Lambs 9. Psycho 10. The Thing 11. Evil Dead 12. Night of the Living Dead 13. Friday the 13th ( on Friday the 13th- creepy) 14. The Descent 15. The Omen 16. The Cloth 17. It 18.The Shinning 19. It Follows 20. Carrie 21. The Sixth Sense 22. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 23. Nosferatu 24. The Ring 25. Saw 26. Conjuring 27. The Exorcist 28. Insidious 29. Drag me to Hell 30. Nightmare on Elm Street 31. Halloween

 

 

If you are not a horror movie junkie don’t worry I got you covered too. Here is a calendar of 30 Halloween themed movies just for you.  This is a list of mixed movies from kids movies to semi-horror films, with a couple cult classics thrown in. There are some on here that are NOT child-friendly so I would recommend reading up on some of these before watching with little ones. Enjoy xo.

1.Corpse Bride 2. Dark Shadows 3. E.T. 4. Witches of Eastwick 5. Earnest Scared Stupid 6. Addams Family 7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 8. Ghostbusters 9. The Haunted Mansion 10. Lost Boys 11. Tower of Terror 12. Sleepy Hollow 13. Nightmare Before Christmas 14. Zombieland 15. Death Becomes Her 16. Caroline 17. Beautiful Creatures 18. Scream 19. Donnie Darko 20. I know what you did last summer 21. Casper 22. Edward Scissorhands 23. ParaNorman 24. Scream Team 25. The Little Vampire 26. The Craft 27. Halloweentown 28. Buffy 29. Beetlejuice 30. Hocus Pocus

 

5 Student Hacks

I’m a sucker for a good list of hacks, what I can’t stand is a list of 15+ hacks in which only like one of them is useful to the reader. So when I come across a good hack for a topic i stash it in a journal until I have at least 5 that I can compile and share. SInce its a few weeks into the uni semester ( at my school anyways<) I thought this might be the perfect time for some of these since papers are due and midterms might be coming up for some people.  So without further ado here is a list of 5 things that I have found super helpful- except for the last one… cause as you will read I actually haven’t done that one.

1a. Slide for That
If you find that you are having a hard time reading 50+ pages of text to try and understand a concept try typing your SUBJECT + “filetype:ppt” into google instead. This will bring up free lecture slides online.

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1b. Online Textbooks?
Not going to lie, I have only had success with this around 50% of the time. You can google the name of your class textbook + “filetype:pdf” and it might come up. This can save you some money, or if the full textbook isn’t online but some chapters are it can save you lugging around a huge book.

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2. Citations
Citations are a b*tch, let’s just come out and say it. I am one of those people who will do a bunch of research and just copy and paste links into a blank doc, then when I am done I will go back and cite my paper off those links. I found out the hard way that that sometimes does not work. So I had to take get help with citations a few semesters ago, and one kind loving soul told me about these to help:

CiteThisForMe: this site allows for many different types of citations, as well as offers an add-on for your browser + word add-on + PLAGIARISM checker!!!

CitationMachine : this site allows you to make your own citations by simply plugging in the information you used. Example: If you used an article online you plug in the web address and it takes all the relevant information and makes your citation… It’s magic.

 

3. Scholar
Google Scholar saved my sanity! It’s the easiest database to use EVER. What is is you ask? Its google but when you search for it, it only brings up published papers and articles that you can actually use in your papers. As well as when you click on one of the links that come up you can get the citations from it + find related articles + quote it. AMAZING.

 

4. Focus Child
Sometimes it’s hard to sit at a computer for a few hours and really buckle down on homework when you would rather be scouring the internet for cute kitten photos. Thankfully there are many in-browser add-ons you can get to allow you to actually stay focused:

Chrome: StayFocused
Firefox: LeechBlock
Safari: Mindful Browsing.

 

5. Pocket Points

Ok, so this one is new to me. It’s an app that allows you to earn points for major retailers by keeping your phone locked during class time? If you are in University in the USA this is readily available to you already if you are one of the listed schools. Unfortunately, my school isn’t there but I have submitted it to take part.

 

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(photo:https://pocketpoints.com/how)

There are tons of different hack lists out there, but these are some hacks that I used almost daily. So I hope that they are helpful to someone out there. Also, if anyone has had success with Pocket Points, please let me know about your experience with it!
xo.

Fall Sweet Treats

Day 2: Fall Sweet Treats.

To me Fall begins sometime in September when something inside me screams USE YOUR KITCHEN AID MIXER AND BAKE SOMETHING!! and pretty much the first day its overcast in September. Everything about Fall makes me happy temperature changing, the colours, scarfs-boots-sweaters, the thought of Halloween, PSL etc. Pretty much every September I start my Fall season with the same type of recipe: dessert bread. This year was no different I was conflicted between an Apple Bread and a Banana Nutmeg bread but once I got to the grocery store and I saw apples on sale, it was game on. 

** also I lay my recipes out a bit differently- just in case you’re new here… there is a shopping list at the beginning and then the measurements are mixed in with the directions so you don’t have to scroll up and down to figure things out… 

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Shopping list from scratch:
Flour – 1 small bag
Brown Sugar- 1 small bag
Baking Powder- You most likely have a small canister in your cupboard ( yellow&brown label says MAGIC on it) if not buy it.
Baking soda- dollar store Arm&Hammer
Cinnamon- dollar store
Ground ginger- dollar store
Nutmeg- dollar store
Eggs- buy however many you actually need for day to day things, you will need 2 for this
Vanilla- mine is from Mexico, but I’m sure they sell it here lol… try the dollar store
Veg Oil- small thing
Greek Yoghurt- 1 tubby tub
Apples- I have tried making this with many types of apples, just buy the ones you like… if you’re going to be a smart ass and try using Crabbe apples or something- just make sure you have about the amount of 3 normal sized apples lol
Tin Foil
Loaf Pan

 

Directions


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease up a loaf pan.
2. Whisk together your dry ingredients:

Measurements:
3 cups plain/all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


3. Whisk together the wet things. Add the dry ingredients, and the apple chunks, and mix until just combined. Do NOT over-mix. 

Measurements:
2 large eggs room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 (180 ml) cup vegetable oil
1 and 1/2 cups greek yogurt
3 apples peeled and chopped into small cubes

4. Pour the batter into the greasy loaf pan 

5. Put in oven, set a timer for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes you are going to want to cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for another 30 ish minutes. Check with a knife of some sort to make sure it’s fully cooked ( I have made this recipe more times than I can count and sometimes its 1 hour sometimes is 1.5 hours, sometimes 50 minutes…  )

6. When fully cooked Allow it to cool down- I would let it cool down completely, but you do you honeyboo

Enjoy
xo.

 

So being the typical white girl that I am, I LOVE me a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. One major problem though- I’m lactose intolerant. Which most places are fine making a drink dairy free, but it seems to always be for a cost… like sorry my body can’t digest properly, but I don’t want to pay an extra 75cents for you to use soy/almond or god forbid $1.50 for coconut at some stores! So I resorted to the interwebs to find an at-home recipe for the perfect dairy free PSL. This is a combination of 3 recipes that I found.

 

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spiced Latte ( a broke girls version of the sacred PSL)

 

Shopping List from scratch:
Pumpkin puree- 1 can ( dollar store)
Pumpkin Spice- This can be tricky to find in October
Almond/Soy/Coconut Milk- whatever floats your boat ( almond is my go too)
Vanilla- 1 bottle ( dollar store)
Maple Syrup- 1 bottle
Coffee or Espresso- make whatever you have at home.

** notes about shopping list you can substitute:
plain maple syrup for a flavored one ( I have used blueberry syrup -delicious)
pumpkin pie spice for 1/2 teaspoon + pinch nutmeg+ pinch of clove
If you get a vanilla flavored almond milk only you will only need about half the vanilla.

 

Directions:

1. In an itty bitty pan/pot heat up the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract & spices over medium-low heat.

 

Measurements:
3 tablespoons pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice- or– 1/2 teaspoon + pinch nutmeg+ pinch of clove
2 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

 

**Stir constantly to combine well & prevent from burning. Warm for 1-2 minutes.

 

2. Turn heat to around Medium and add 2 cups of the Milk of your choice. Whish it for around 3 minutes, until its all hot but NOT boiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Put it in a blender, and blend it on HIGH for 1-2 minutes- it will be smooth and it will make the milk froth.

4. Add 1/2 cup of Coffee or 1/4 cup Espresso to a mug and pour your blended pumpkin mix on top of it.

Enjoy

Xo.